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Friday - August 21, 2015

From: Saranac Lake, NY
Region: Northeast
Topic: General Botany
Title: What does the name montana mean in a species name?
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

What does the name montana mean in a species name?

ANSWER:

According to David Gledhill (The Names of Plants.  3rd Edition.  2002.  Cambridge University Press):

montanus, montana and montanum (as well as, monticolus, monticola and moniticolum) mean "of mountains, mountain-dweller".

 

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